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Soaking is not a must for your black-eyed peas, but it helps to shorten cooking times increase digestibility.

STEP 1

Allow the water to be at least 2-3 inches above peas because peas will swell.

STEP 2

Soak peas overnight, discard water, rinse and add 6 cups of water, bring to a boil and cook until tender.

STEP 3

For a Southern flavor, I substituted the traditional ham hock with tofu pups hot dog to add a smoky flavor

STEP 4